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Do we HAVE to use the teacher recommendation forms given by the school or Common App?

SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Posts: 943Registered User Member
edited August 2007 in College Admissions
Is it ok if they just used normal Microsoft Word and printed it out for us or they sent it themselves to the respective university?

Common App has a separate Teacher Evaluation Form but does that need to be used?

Thanks.
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Replies to: Do we HAVE to use the teacher recommendation forms given by the school or Common App?

  • skp21skp21 Posts: 527Registered User Member
    if the school you apply to gives you a specific evaluation sheet then your teachers need to give that sheet and not something school generated. However, for the teacher evaluation in the Common App, the teacher only needs to write the evaluation once and then can make photocopies if needed for the additional colleges you apply to under the common app
  • Carpe AeternumCarpe Aeternum Posts: 721Registered User Member
    Actually, your teachers do not have to use that specific form unless the college specifically says so. There are schools where teachers will do dozens of recommendations and it is not expected that all teachers will use the school's form. The form tells the teacher what that college considers important and wants to know, but the teacher is free to not use the exact form or to fill out the form and send a letter, again unless the college specifically says that that is not allowable.

    Keep in mind that if the teacher prints out the rec and gives it to you, you need to make sure that the college knows for sure that you could not have read it before mailing it, or it will not be considered an actual recommendation.
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Posts: 943Registered User Member
    Oh..that's a relief. But do I need to use the Common App Teacher Eval Sheet if I'm using the Common App? or can it be something they have? I think they print it on paper with my school's letterhead and stuff, so I'm sure it's official.
  • RootBeerCaesarRootBeerCaesar Posts: 1,377Registered User Senior Member
    I find with each school all these different recc. forms are so moronically stupid....burdening each teacher with like 10 different forms = almost sure thing they will send em late, thats basically why give it to em liek 3 months in advance
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Posts: 943Registered User Member
    I asked them before school got out, almost the last day of school, and I wasn't aware of this different form business..I'm really scared!
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Posts: 943Registered User Member
    bump please...
  • 1MX1MX Posts: 1,887Registered User Senior Member
    what schools are you applying to that have different forms?
    I applied to 10 schools
    9 used the form
    1 didn't and asked basic questions (MIT)

    It was pretty easy for them. Use common forms when possible
  • SHS_SpartanSHS_Spartan Posts: 943Registered User Member
    Drexel, Whitman, Case Western all use the Common App.
  • 1MX1MX Posts: 1,887Registered User Senior Member
    so use the common app forms. My teachers filled out one, copied it, and attached the same letter. THey just endorsed them with their signature. Colleges know you're applying to multiple colleges, no big deal.
  • gxinggxing Posts: 1,915Registered User Senior Member
    get your teachers/guidance counselor to fill out the common app forms once and then make copies for each common app college. they have to do additional for each noncommon app college. the actual rec letter they can make copies of and send one copy to each college, regardless of whether it accepts the common app or not.
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